As students head back to school, we supports their plans’ success

“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” – Horace Mann

Lawmakers, civil rights leaders challenge DeVos on student loan enforcement

Civil rights leaders and Capitol Hill lawmakers are standing up and speaking out against a recent Department of Education decision to sever its working relationship with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In separate and independent actions Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ...

A prayer to end child poverty in our time

We know what to do to end child poverty if we want to enrich America. The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that the number of children in poverty declined slightly again for the second year, but that children shamefully ...

Tribute to Harriet Tubman is a step forward; abandoning plan would be a grave mistake

“I have been particularly struck by the many comments and reactions from children for whom Harriet Tubman is not just a historical figure, but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy. You shared your thoughts about her ...

Challenging every vestige of hatred, racism

I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures, the important factual film about three Black female mathematicians and their inestimable,

God, faith and storms – Looking beyond the darkness

A woman called me who, after Katrina, moved herself and her family to Houston.

Equifax data breach leaves at least 143 million consumers credit at risk

Record-breaking back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans.

Congress: Act on CHIP

“In this dark day of discontent So many feel despair As poverty and dissidence Cause sadness everywhere.”

A word to police officers

The arrest and harassment of Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett by Las Vegas police officers was bad in and of itself. For people of color, it represented the all-too-familiar scenario of what happens far too often: There is a confrontation that ...

Texans remain resilient in wake of Harvey

More than a week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, the devastation already appears to have surpassed the damage caused by both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy in other parts of the country.

Is this America? Kharon Davis held years without trial

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed...” – US Constitution 1789 (rev. 1992)

Education cuts ties to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Senators seek answers about new departmental appointee

A recent letter from the U.S. Department of Education to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with a controversial appointment, have together triggered reactions that do not bode well for the 44 million consumers who together share $1.4 trillion in ...

Praying and standing for children

As a new school year begins, I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring adults to be God’s hands and feet standing for children everywhere in these very difficult times in our nation and ...

Kaepernick’s protest, a patriotic tradition

Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed – itself a revealing phrase – from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-White owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised ...

What do we have to offer Harvey evacuees?

I had the pleasure of spending Labor Day with church members who fellowshipped with Hurricane Harvey evacuees at a barbecue my church hosted.